Beginning today, TQS will now be featuring quilts exhibited in 2019 at the Houston International Quilt Festival as part of their 45th Anniversary, the Sapphire Anniversary. The Sapphire Celebration exhibit is described as:

"Quilters have long used the color blue to symbolize trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, intelligence, faith, truth, and heaven. Sapphire is also the chosen gem to celebrate 45th anniversaries—which International Quilt Festival is doing this year (2019)! These new and antique blue and white quilts will be suspended from the ceiling in a spectacular and unforgettable display."

To be a part of the exhibit, quilts had to fit the following criteria:

  • Entries may be Traditional, Modern or Art.
  • Entries must have been made between 1974 and 2019.
  • The minimum size is 50” x 50”

Please enjoy the first quilt from the exhibition by Gail Smith, quilted by Angela McCorkle.

Title of Quilt: Vortex in Variation

Quilter's Name: Gail Smith, quilted by Angela McCorkle


G and I decided to take a trip out to Biosphere 2, which is a research facility whose mission is to serve as a facility for research, teaching, and understanding of Biosphere 1, the Earth. In its original conception, it was to be a closed system of various climates on Earth. The plant life that was in the Biosphere 2 was to provide oxygen and nourishment for the crew of scientists who lived in the Biosphere 2. It was sealed off environmentally from the outside world and had its challenges. It was only used twice for its original intended purposes as a closed-system experiment. The second time providing an amazing amount of research information and setting records in closed ecological systems. Under ownership by the University of Arizona, it continues to provide a place for international scientists to research and test hypotheses.
The tour was fascinating, but the part of the tour that really got me thinking was when the tour guide talked about the second experiment which included a crew of 8 who were shut in the Biosphere for 2 years without any outside food, water, or air. These 8 individuals were not allowed to bring anything scented...such as deodorants, shampoos, or soaps into the Biosphere. But they were allowed to bring something to entertain themselves during their rest or down time. So, when she asked...What would you bring into the Biosphere if you knew you were to be shut away for 2 years?...I started making my list!!! The obvious was books and lots of them...but, for this Quilt Roadie the list boggles...
I would have to bring along my Sue Spargo Sand dollars project...this is Sue's and I love it! Lot's of stitching to accomplish.
And then there is my Buttermilk Basin BOM, it would be nice to get it done :)
But we're talking 2 years!!! It would have to be all handwork because no additional machinery like a sewing machine would be allowed. If you were going into the Biosphere for 2 years, what would you bring??? 2 years!!!
Stay tuned and travel along with us on Quilt Roadies.

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Audra Rasnake wanted to use up some of her green fabric stash. She also wanted to work with the Hosanna or Palm Leaf block. Cutting up scraps, she created 1500 leaves and then used an original design for the center "dahlia-like" flowers. When all was said and done, Hosanna was completed in 1300 hours. How big is your stash of green fabric?

Hosanna by Audra Rasnake won Third Place, Mixed Large, sponsored by ABM International, Inc. / Innova, at Road to California 2020.

Photos by Anna Bates


You might remember Ian Berry, the artist who creates quilts entirely of denim. If you don't remember, catch the video with Ricky by clicking here. Here's a 360° view of his Studio of Denim.

Ian writes: "The closest thing to being in my studio without being in it. Navigate yourself around the video (with finger/cursor) by the brilliant guys at @SYS Luxury using the latest tech."


Wouldn't this block make a great Christmas tree if you used the right fabrics? Find out what it's called when you play the Jinny Beyer Memory Match game.



We love Jane Sassaman's work, but we never thought it was "sinister". What do you think?

Artist's Statement for Johnny Jump Ups: "I love to abstract the designs I see in nature, especially plant forms. The distinct characteristics of Johnny Jump Ups seemed to have real graphic possibilities. So this is where I landed...larger than life, rather formal, and a bit sinister."

Johnny Jump Ups by Jane Sassaman won First Place, Appliqué, Small, sponsored by World of Quilts Travel, at the Houston International Quilt Festival 2019.

30" x 50"



Art Quilt Quarterly, published by Studio Art Quilt Associates, Inc., (SAQA) is for anyone who loves beautiful quilts: collectors, art venues, museums, professional artists, and art enthusiasts. 

Inside each issue, you’ll enjoy articles on a broad array of topics plus interviews with quilt artists from around the world. Images from SAQA’s Global Exhibitions program and its Juried Artist Members are also featured in the magazine, providing a wealth of inspiration.

Editorial highlights include:

·       Insider details about select museum and private collections.

·       Resources on the proper ways to display, insure, and care for your art quilt collection.

·       Interviews with quilt artists from around the world.

·       60+ pages of artwork by SAQA’s Juried Artist Members.

·       Galleries from SAQA’s traveling exhibitions.

·       Inspiration and guidance on how to navigate your creative career.

Edited by Dr. Sandra Sider, curator of the Texas Quilt Museum in Houston, the magazine’s articles are written by individuals active in the world of quilting.

Now entering its fifth year, Art Quilt Quarterly is published four times a year and is available as an annual subscription for $34.95 (non-U.S. addresses pay an additional $12).

TQS newsletter readers can order a one-year subscription for $29.95 using promo code TQS.

To learn more about Art Quilt Quarterly and claim your discount, visit saqa.com/aqq.



Learn more about your quilt’s history! The San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles staff and trained volunteers will examine quilts and offer information about styles, patterns, fabrics and estimated age. An information form and documentation label will be provided for each quilt. 

No appraisals will be given. Advanced registration is required. Separate appointments are required for each quilt. Limit of 3 quilts per person. Museum members may input the special discount code “ SJMQTID ” at checkout.

Saturday, March 21, 2020 11:00am - 3:00pm

$10 members

$15 non-members

Register at: sjquiltmuseum.org/events (You'll need to scroll down the page a bit to find registration.)


IQA did a wonderful exhibit in 2014 called "500 Traditional Quilts". Here are 3 quilts from that exhibit. In this sample you will see one quilt where all the diamonds were made in a car, one quilt with circles (from Australia), and a special quilt by Barbara Black. Enjoy.



Artist Statement about Grifology #1: "Languages have always fascinated me. Inspired by my 2018 100 Day Project (improv appliqué postcards in black and white) and comments that those pieces looked like hieroglyphics or a secret language, I continued my exploration and made 20 improv bias appliqué blocks. Extending the language idea, I positioned the blocks in a letter format in the order in which they were made. The name, Grifology, is a play on graphology, the study of handwriting and symbols, and my own last name." - Debbie Grifka

Black and white.

60″ x 60″


Watch Debbie in Show 2604.

Grifology1byDebbieGrifka - 36 Pieces Non-Rotating

Grifology1byDebbieGrifka - 100 Pieces Non-Rotating

Grifology1byDebbieGrifka - 289 Pieces Non-Rotating

Grifology1byDebbieGrifka - 36 Pieces Rotating

Grifology1byDebbieGrifka - 100 Pieces Rotating

Grifology1byDebbieGrifka - 289 Pieces Rotating

Original Photo: Mary Kay Davis

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